Hornblower cruises 920
4.4 / 5 Rated by 494 members
Review from Lisa Rothstein
71 events 42 reviews

Fabulous! A really amazing and awe-inspiring experience. We didn't see much at first and I understand that some trips are duds because the whales can't be forced to make an appearance. But after an hour or so of evasions and frustration we were...continued

reviewed Jan 29 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Denise Richards
14 events 5 reviews

I took my family for my husbands birthday. We spotted 2 California gray whales. The best part were the dolphins! Hundreds of them. They came right up to the boat. The narration by the captain was excellent. The captain and crew were friendly and...continued

reviewed Mar 26 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from 007
12 events 4 reviews

Because of global warming, the captain explained, gray whales delayed their departure from Alaska to travel to Baja California. We did not see any whales and received a free ticket to return again. We went on Christmas Eve day and whale watching...continued

reviewed Dec 24 2007 report as inappropriate
Review from Billi
1 event 1 review

It was ok ,We happened to get a day with choppy waters so we saw nothing but it was a fun ride for us.

reviewed Dec 21 2007 report as inappropriate
Review from t.s.
33 events 16 reviews

I loved this excursion. The weather was great for a cruise. While we didn't see any whales, we did see thousands of dolphins. It was like the sea was bubbling with dolphins. It was awesome. I paid with an amex card so I received a comp photo...continued

reviewed Mar 20 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Lorin
2 events 1 review

The cruise was exhilarating. We did spot several whale spouts. However, there was really too much other boat traffic to allow the captain to get us in the area in which the whales were coming up.

The crew, particularly the captain, was...continued

reviewed Jan 09 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Abraxas
51 events 31 reviews

It was fabulous! -- turned out to be a beautiful, perfect San Diego day. We saw about 6 grey whales (3 moms & 3 babies) --- but the REAL event was the hundreds & hundreds & hundreds of dolphin. I have done a lot of sailing through the years,...continued

reviewed Mar 18 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member
32 events 15 reviews

There were so many dolphins that my heart simply sang with joy! It helped that I took some ginger chewables to stave off the bit of sea-sickness that many others suffered (standing the whole time helped, too, I believe).

reviewed Mar 20 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Laurie Squier
38 events 8 reviews

Great day out on the water. Looked for whales and didn't find any, so we were given another ticket to return at a later time. Knowlegdeable first mate and calm seas.

reviewed Jan 01 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Melinda B.
23 events 6 reviews

Even though we had been forwarned that we probably wouldn't see any whales so early in the season, I was still looking forward to a nice little cruise around San Diego. To our surprise we were able to spot whales on three separate occasions and...continued

reviewed Dec 27 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Suzanne N.
14 events 4 reviews

Great time. The Captain located a pod of whales quickly. He stayed with the pod as it moved and repositioned the boat so that we all could see. The crew was very helpful. The Museum volunteers really offered a bonus of facts and observations. I...continued

reviewed Jan 07 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Patricia Schell
6 events 4 reviews

I love being on the water for any reason, but this was particulary enjoyable. I recommend going with at least one other person as you may spend time without the benefit of something to watch. Three other boats went out and did not see any whales....continued

reviewed Dec 29 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Joy G.
15 events 4 reviews

The Captain was very cool. We saw a whale! It was very exciting. Make sure you bring on some snacks and cards.

reviewed Mar 24 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Angela Takemoto
6 events 4 reviews

THE WHALE WATCHING TRIP WAS GREAT. THE SHIP WAS NICE AND CLEAN, THE CREW WAS EFFICIENT AND ENTERTAINING, AND VERY INFORMATIVE. ...AND WE SAW A WHALE!!! FABULOUS VALUE FOR MONEY

reviewed Mar 06 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from cosmoblivion
3 events 3 reviews

I called Hornblower ahead of time to double check regarding best times for whale viewing & was told anytime is good.
Once on the cruise, I learned that the Navy had started its underwater sonar program a week or two before. As a result the...continued

reviewed Feb 15 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member
5 events 3 reviews

I previously attended a Hornblower cruise and this was just as well with the only difference being Whale & Dolphin watching. The captain was very informative and pointed out many of the interesting sights along the way and combined many...continued

reviewed Dec 30 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member
3 events 3 reviews

We spotted a whale with its calf. The mother came out straight about three consecutive times and we were able to see about 1/3 of its body. It was the most amazing thing I've ever seen! We also saw sea lions, but no dolphins.
The back of the...continued

reviewed Jan 30 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member
7 events 2 reviews

Absolutely loved it. Many whales spotted. At least 10 times the value.

reviewed Dec 31 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member
4 events 2 reviews

Had a great time. Enjoyed the Hornblower crew and ship. Saw a whale and some dolphins. Of course, we would like to have seen more whales and more dolphins, but maybe they didn't read their email? Oops. Typical American, expecting them to speak our...continued

reviewed Dec 31 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Marnie R.
7 events 2 reviews

I saw whales, flukes, time after time.
The staff was informative, and showed us baline from a whale (my spelling is probably wrong), but this trip was a perfect decision.
The boat was more comfortable than the other company I went with last...continued

reviewed Feb 29 2008 report as inappropriate
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